Deed to man­age risk

South Waikato News - - FARMING -

The Na­tional Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion says it will work with the Gov­ern­ment to as­sess how a joint ap­proach might lead to bet­ter man­age­ment of biose­cu­rity risks to bee­keep­ers.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Barry Fos­ter said the group had agreed to sign a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­istry to talk about a gov­ern­ment in­dus­try agree­ment on biose­cu­rity.

These agree­ments aim to give pri­mary pro­duc­ers a big­ger say in biose­cu­rity de­ci­sion-mak­ing while also re­quir­ing them to con­trib­ute to biose­cu­rity fund­ing for their sec­tor.

‘‘The Na­tional Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion needs to find out ex­actly what ben­e­fits there are for us as bee­keep­ers and we need to iden­tify the pos­si­ble down­sides,’’ Mr Fos­ter said.

‘‘Once that is done and the pros and cons weighed up then our mem­bers can make an in­formed de­ci­sion as to whether or not to sign up for­mally to the GIA deed.’’

The min­istry said it was work­ing with about 25 in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies on sign­ing mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing with about seven signed to date.

‘‘At this point in time we can­not name those groups that have signed MOUs,’’ min­istry se­nior com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Les­ley Pat­ston said.

The min­istry was also work­ing with a small in­dus­try work­ing group on the pro­posed con­tent of the deed.

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